Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Chicago
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 773 878 5552
Concierge.com's insider take:
If we had to pick one place in all of Chicago that epitomizes the city's rich and gritty history, it'd have to be the Green Mill. Al Capone used to hang out here in the 1920s, when it was a speakeasy during Prohibition. Then and since, the smoky, dark-wood-paneled, and dimly lit joint has been one of the best places in the country to see every flavor of jazz—Dixieland, traditional, bebop, contemporary, progressive, you name it—by local and legendary outfits alike. The seasoned bartenders are consistently cranky and it's elbow-to-elbow by 8 p.m. most nights, so get there early and snag a booth opposite the bar—it's the best spot to see and hear the music but still be able to have a (hushed) conversation. As it has since 1986, every Sunday night the lounge hosts the fabled Uptown Poetry Slam.
Open daily noon to 4 am.